Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/89660
Authors: 
Schneider, Friedrich
Bühn, Andreas
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 4448
Abstract: 
This paper presents the various methods to estimate the size of the shadow economy, their strengths and weaknesses. The purpose of the paper is twofold. Firstly, it demonstrates that no ideal method to estimate the size and development of the shadow economy exists. Because of its flexibility, the MIMIC method used to get macro-estimates of the size of the shadow economy is discussed in greater detail. Secondly, the paper focuses on the definition and causal factors of the shadow economy as well as on a comparison of the size of the shadow economy using different estimation methods.
Subjects: 
shadow economy estimates
MIMIC approach
methods to estimate the shadow economy
advantages and disadvantages of the measurement methods
JEL: 
D78
E26
H20
H11
H26
K42
O50
O17
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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